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Love Will Tear Us Apart

This page contains the following information about this Joy Division song:
  • details of every known studio recording and every official release;
  • details of any live performances which appear on an official release;
  • my transcription of the song lyrics, noting any significant variations;
  • known cover versions by other artists, and any other interesting facts.
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Track history
Recorded on November 26th 1979 at BBC Studios, Maida Vale for John Peel
Possibly the best version, despite two further recordings and various re-mixes!
Released on Second Peel Session and on Peel Sessions album
Also released on Heart and Soul and on Complete BBC Recordings
Live performance released from December 18th 1979 at Les Bains Douches, Paris
Recorded in January 1980 at Pennine Sound Studios, Oldham
Released as single B-side, on Permanent and on Atmosphere CD single
Recorded again in March 1980 at Strawberry Studios, Stockport
This version originally released as single A-side (7" & 12" formats) in 1980
Also released on Substance, on Heart and Soul and on Best Of Joy Division
Re-released in 1995 and 2007 along with re-mixed versions (see below)
Re-mix by Don Gehman included on Permanent and on single re-releases
Re-mix by Arthur Baker included on some versions of 1995 single re-release

Lyrics
When routine bites hard, and ambitions are low
And resentment rides high, but emotions won't grow
And we're changing our ways, taking different roads
Then love, love will tear us apart again --

Why is the bedroom so cold? You've turned away on your side
Is my timing that flawed - our respect run so dry?
[or in the Peel and Bains Douches versions:
  Is my timing that flawed - have our feelings run dry?]
Yet there's still this appeal that we've kept through our lives
Love, love will tear us apart again --

You cry out in your sleep - all my failings expose
There's a taste in my mouth, as desperation takes hold
Just that something so good just can't function no more
When love, love will tear us apart again --


Other information
Deborah Curtis had Love Will Tear Us Apart inscribed on Ian's memorial stone
This song has attracted far more cover versions than any other Joy Division track
Cover versions by:Released on:
A1 PeopleA1 People/Technova 7" (Hydrogen Dukebox DUKE130 2004)
George AaronLove Will Tear Us Apart (Contact Music 2011)
Morten AbelPerformed on the cover version by Peltz (see below)
AbsintheA Rendezvous At Nirvana (Seed Records 2011)
AcrojunkThe Cold Old Playboy EP (Rocmusic 2007)
Adan & IlseCold Diamonds (Unknown Pleasures UPR019 2015)
Alabama 3There Will Be Peace In The Valley ... (Hostage Music 2011)
The AllophonesStalemate (own release 2013)
AmonnCovers: V2 Selection Vol 2 (Shangrilla-Dolls 2010)
The Anarchy AriasThe Anarchy Arias (Virgin EMI CDV 3179 2017)
(Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and English National Opera)
AnkhKoncert Akustyczny (Metal Mind MMP 0307 2004)
Anything BoxRecorded live and as a demo but not released commercially
Apoptygma BerzerkBlack EP Vol 2 (Metropolis MET 744 2011)
Marshall ApplewhiteSuburban Boredom (Clan Destine 045 2016)
Aysar CapysThe Sikilos' Epitaph EP (MAP LCD 3002 2001)
Bellicha (VLM 2011)
Beatmode and
  Peter Hook
Love Will Tear Us Apart (Looking Glass Recordings 2012)
Andrea BegleyThe Message (Capitol 3747682 2013)
BellestarAvailable on a number of multi-artist compilation albums
BiceClass of the 80s: Green (Lastrum LACD-0024 1999)
Bikini Beach BandLeave Home (STML STIM009 1998)
BisWhat You're Afraid Of (spinART 98 2001 - 12" promo)
FACT 2002 EP (Oscarr OSC 004 2002)
We Are Bis From Glasgow Scotland (Cherry Red 2 2007)
Return To Central Deluxe (Do Yourself In DYI004CD 2014)
Black Hole SunThe Underground Scene (Kyna / OMP 2017)
The Blood DivineX (Peaceville VILE77 1998)
Bloom 05Stills and Honey (Orchard 801703 2001)
The Blue Rubatos50 Best of 80s Love Songs (CHV Music Factory 2012)
Phillip Boa and
  the Voodooclub
Boa Best Singles (Polydor/Universal 9832026 2005)
A Change Of Speed, A Change Of Style (OVR CD0001 2015)
BonggitaThe Bonggitaria Incident (own release 2017)
Adrian BorlandAvailable on various bootlegs of live performances
Boxcutter BoysOlde Tyme String Core (Lionheart LHR1207 2015)
Boy DivisionBis Auf Weiteres Eine Demonstration (Zick Zack 20332 2003)
Broken Social Scene  The Time Traveler's Wife (Decca/New Line 2009)
Brothers PastAvailable on various bootlegs of live performances
Rodolphe BurgerValley Session (Label Maison 2009)
BushThe Sea Of Memories (Walmart 17218942 2011)
(bonus track on a Walmart exclusive version of the album)
CalexicoSweetheart: Love Songs (Starbucks/Hear Music 2004)
CardiophobiaRetrò (Settembre 2012)
Carmilla e il
  Segreto dei Ciliegi
Anche Se Altrove (own release 2013)
Carnival Of FoolsSomething About Joy Division (Vox Pop VP3 1989)
Toni CastellsFamous Jack (Interstellar Music 2016)
Centre ExcuseAll Systems Go! (New Motion 2011)
China TouchI'm Not Sure (Pandaimonium PanDIS 04 2003)
Chop ChopChop Chop (Archenemy arch29 2006)
ChuzpeLove Will Tear Us Apart (Gig Records GIG 111 1980)
Obskures Und Rares, Lügen Und Wahres (Vis Maior 3 1990)
Chuzpe77Been There? Here's The Album! (no details known)
CienfuegosHacia El Cosmos (DBN 51.609 1999)
CobaMy Jabara Way (Toshiba / EMI TOCT-24875 2002)
Ed CoganLove Will Tear Us Apart (DCME 2014)
The Complete
  Stone Roses
Live At Glasgow Carling Academy (Pet Lamb 2007 - DVD)
Love Will Tear Us Apart (Pet Lamb 2008 - MP3)
The ContinentalsMy Rose Tattoo (Foxrocks FOXCD708 2012)
Mary CoughlanThe Whole Affair (Hail Mary 1098278 2012)
Forever Young (Irish Youth Foundation 2015)
Culture KultürSpirit (Caustic Records CRR028 2010)
The CureBloodflower's Dreams (bootleg compilation 2000)
Strange Darlings: The Lost Song (bootleg compilation 2008)
Recorded for Triple J radio in Australia but not released
Dark EndDamned Woman and a Carcass (Necrotorture NA04 2007)
Dark FactoryWalk In Line, Walk In Silence (Red Nail Music RNM023 2002)
James DavenportPerformed on the cover version by HankyPark (see below)
Déjà VuThe School of Rock: New Wave (Zulu 2011)
Dept of Good and
  Evil feat Rachel Z
Dept of Good and Evil (Savoy Jazz 17630 2007)
The DiaryPage One (Orangewerks 6499172432 1995)
Die ArtNur 1 Traum (Our Choice 3169 1996)
Arcane (Major Label ML 051 2011)
Digital SexDigital Sex at Sharkey's (live concert video 1994)
DiscGaijinCD4 (Vinyl Communications 143 1998)
The DivisionestBora Bora: Life Is A Beach (DJ Center 6 2007)
D J KodiLove Will Tear Us Apart (Xelon Entertainment 2010)
Also available on various multi-artist compilation albums
DMK (Dan McKie)Love Will Tear Us Apart (1980 Recordings 2011)
Backroom Jukebox Part 2 (1980 Recordings 2013)
Doctor DeseoRómpeme Con Mil Caricias Cielo (Gor Discos G-629 2004)
Aurtengo Gorakada (Gor Discos G-630 2004)
DopekickDirty City (Perception Records 2006)
Damhnait Doyle Lights Down Low (Turtlemusik 8277 2007)
EläkeläisetIn Humppa We Trust - Live (TUG/Orchard 1999)
Elektrik PeopleLove Will Tear Us Apart (own release 2015)
EloisiaPerformed on the cover version by Nouvelle Vague (see below)
Evelyn EvelynElephant Elephant (Eleven Records XI-09 2007)
Evelyn Evelyn (Eleven Records XI-13 2010)
E-MuteLove Will Tear Us Apart (own release 2016)
Even More VastWould You Believe? (Renaissance 367 2008)
Even VastTeach Me How To Bleed (My Kingdom Music echo018 2007)
Everyone's a CrookLove Will Tear Us Apart (Botchit Breaks BBV028 2007)
FF (Morticia Records 2002)
Christine at Tower Sunset (Morticia 2002 - limited edition 7")
Factory All StarsPerformed on Channel 4 TV's The Tube from The Hacienda
Fall Out BoyMy Heart Will Always Be ... (Fueled by Ramen FBR067 2004)
Performance recorded for the Clear Channel Stripped series
Famous JackMade By Humans, Played By Machines (Instant Attraction 2013)
Fancy WerewolvesGhosts Of Detroit (own release 2013)
Ian FieldNever Been So Far Away (own release 2005)
Lysa FloresBring Your Love (own release 2008)
Flowing TearsSwallow (own release FT 666 1999)
The Fog Lights Manhassett (own release 2015)
The FramesAvailable on various bootlegs of live performances
Dave GahanAvailable on various bootlegs of live performances
Game TheoryLolita Nation (Omnivore OV-136 2016 - bonus track)
Ghost ParadeGhost Parade (MP3.com 2002)
José GonzálezRemain EP (Imperial IMP009CDS 2003)
Veneer (Imperial 60450 2009 - on special edition bonus EP)
Also available on various multi-artist compilation albums
The GotheesMeet The Gothees (Starfish LE 2007)
Alistair GriffinFinding Boethius (Dream Factory 2006)
Rebecca HancockSomewhere To Land (Hot Records HOT 108 2002)
HankyPark
 with Peter Hook
Ten From Ten (Concrete Recordings CONC003 2004)
Highly Fueled (Shinny Records 2010)
Heaven Falls HardRecorded in 2003 but not released commercially
HeavensRecorded in 2007 for the soundtrack of the film The Signal
Holy HolyLike a Version 11 (Triple J 2015)
HoneyrootLove Will Tear Us Apart (Just Music 2005)
Sound Echo Location (Just Music TAO008 2005)
Acoustic, Volume 5 (Echo ECV26 2005)
Peter Hook
  and The Light
Unknown Pleasures: Live in Australia (Pylon 20/21 2011)
Unknown Pleasures / Closer: Live in Macclesfield (Play Concert 2013)
So This Is Permanence: Live in Macclesfield (Play Concert 2015)
Substance: Live in Manchester (Live Here Now 2016)
Unknown Pleasures: Live in Leeds (Westworld 104 2017)
Closer: Live in Manchester (Westworld 105 2017)
Also available on albums of live performances of New Order songs
Houpaci KoneLive acoustic set recorded in June 2007 (MP3.com 2007)
Human DramaPin-Ups (Triple X 51142 1993)
In a Perfect World (Triple X 60023 2000)
Los HumilladosHomenaje a Ian Curtis (Musicas de Regimen 1992)
Dark Archives 1985-1995 (Musicas de Regimen 1997)
IdílicaRío Turbio (own release 2017)
Inside TreatmentAn Introduction to a Mystery (Front Music FMP 008 1989)
The InstrumentsJoy Division Covers (Happy Happy Birthday To Me 086 2007)
Intestinal Disease4-Way (Born To Booze 022 - 7" compilation)
In The NurseryCause + Effect (ITN corp025 2002)
Viscera v. Zero (Luminal Records 2003)
Love's Shattered Pride (Failure To Communicate 2005)
Invisible LimitsLove Will Tear Us Apart (Fun Factory 3909 1988)
A Conscious State (Fun Factory 3920 1989)
Scanning Vol 2 (Synthetic Symphony 084-61622 1994)
Invisible Limits: Live Remastered 2014 (own release 2014)
ItaleeKingston Calling (Jambila Music 2010)
Jah DivisionDub Will Tear Us Apart (The Social Registry TSR012 2004)
JarboePerformed on the cover versions by Swans (see below)
Jay & The CooksDutch Oven (Juste Une Trace 2013)
Erica JenningsPerformed on the cover version by Radioshow (see below)
Michael JohnLove Will Tear Us Apart (Loose Records LSE4 1983)
London Calling 2006 (Loose Records 2006)
Johnny Come BackLove Will Tear Us Apart (Austin Sound 2016)
C J JohnsonPlugtakes Vol 1 (Fuego 2008)
The Feel Sessions: Acoustic Set Vol 2 (Fuego 2008)
Jenny K JonesMy Disobedient Hair (Mad As Toast / GenePool 2005)
Kay CeeBeg 4 More (Polydor 980-702 2003)
Love Will Tear Us Apart (Zeitgeist 980-804 2003)
J D KelleherThe Ugly Tree (Lonely Child Music 2017)
Kiki and HerbWill Die For You (Evolver 2030 2005)
The KingGravelands (EMI 122600 / Chrysalis 498004 1998)
Come As You Are (EMI 8859492 1998)
Love Will Tear Us Apart (EMI 8867282 1999)
KismetDamjan's War (Paritor 1995)
North Atlantic Balkan Express (Tone Casualties 9947 1999)
The Knights of LoveDestination: Planet Love (Kinokoma KOMA 24 2009)
Eduardo KusdraAlter (Tratore EK005 2014)
Albert KuvezinPerformed on the cover version by Yat-Kha (see below)
Johnny La Rosa
  and Riverbuzz
A Different Story (Spazio Gerra Produzioni SGP01 2010)
Last Days of RadioIn Audio Magic (Military Sound 2006)
Leit MotifStrange Sounds From The Past (X Records - no details known)
LitmusLitmus (Armehund ARMCD001 2005)
Little Nemo30 years with(out) Ian Curtis: Transmission (Infrastition Fin056 2010)
Lollipop BoyOne Of A Kind (own release 2009)
MagickDark Songs (Dressed To Kill 503 2000)
Mysterious Ways! (Vanilla OMP 2011)
Main Squeeze
  Orchestra
Main Squeeze Orchestra (own release 2011)
Kee MarcelloJudas Kiss (7Hard / 7US 2013)
Scott Matthew Unlearned (Glitterhouse GRLP 770 2013)
Dale Maxfield5'6 In A 6' World (own release 2002 - unlisted bonus track)
MemoryfieldLove Will Tear Us Apart (Wolf River / Aspenbeat 2015)
Mental 99Mental 99 (own release 2010)
Michelle DarknessBrand New Drug (AFM 1949 2007)
Midnite
  String Quartet
MSQ Performs Joy Division (Roma Music Group 2017)
MinimoonMiniearth (Doitter 2011)
MísiaRuas (Disc Az France 53165621 2009)
MoonspellDarkness and Hope (2001 - bonus track in South America)
Cover It Up, Vol 2 (Nuclear Blast NB 1408 2005)
Darren MorfittManchester Passion (recorded for BBC television 2006)
Mothracide!Irruminati! EP (F*** the Mainstream Records 2015)
Moth WranglersNever Again (own release 2010)
The Motion SickThe Truth Will Catch You, Just Wait (Naked Ear 2007)
Moving UnitsCollision With Joy Division (Lolipop / Flowers of Romance 2017)
The MulhollandsOh My! (own release 2010)
Nada SurfLive aux Eurockéennes (DVD/video 2004)
  (excerpts inserted into Stalemate, recorded live at Belfort)
NadavPop Sutras (Soul Traveller 2017)
Los NeutrinosReady Mades (own release 2011)
New Order5 11 (Warner 49366 2002 - DVD/video)
  (recorded live at Finsbury Park, London in June 2002)
Live At The London Troxy (Abbey Road Live Here Now 2011)
Live at Bestival 2012 (Sunday Best SBESTCD60 2013)
Available on various bootlegs of live performances
The New StandardsDecade (own release 2015)
Nocturne the BlondeLove Will Tear Us Apart (VG Records VG002 2011)
Nouvelle VagueNouvelle Vague (Peacefrog PFG051 2004)
Nouvelle Vague EP 1 (Peacefrog PFG048 2004)
Best of Nouvelle Vague (Peacefrog PFG138 2010)
Also available on various multi-artist compilation albums
Opium DenCeremonial (Mere Mortal MMP-1 1995)
Out Of The BlueStill Point (Duke / A Cappella 2011)
Oysterband
 with June Tabor
The Big Session Volume 1 (Westpark WP87105 2004)
BBC Folk Awards 2005 (Proper PROPERFOLK 01 2005)
Ragged Kingdom (Topic TSCD585 2011)
Love Will Tear Us Apart (Topic STOP2012 2012)
Beginner's Guide To English Folk (Nascente NSBOX095 2012)
This House Will Stand: Best of Oysterband (Navigator 096 2016)
PadreislaPassion of Covers, Vol 10 (Metropolis 2006)
Mimi PageLove Will Tear Us Apart (own release 2011)
Hanna PakarinenPerformed on Michelle Darkness cover version (see above)
Nerina PallotLearning To Breathe (14th Floor 18CD/18V1 2007)
Parralox Recovery (Conzoom CRCD PLOX12 2013 - limited edition)
The ParsonageLa Musique De Paris Dernière, Vol. 6 (Naive 91560 2008)
Russ PayCloser Still (Dressed To Kill FUCT354 2000)
Released several times in compilations for digital downloading
(this version appears under several different artists' names)
PeltzBalance (Ego Development 001 1997)
Best of Morten Abel (Virgin Norway 875794 2004)
Victoria Perks BandLive In The Studio (Gotham Records 2012)
PhilistineBlood and Chocolate: Soundtrack (Lakeshore 33897 2007)
Plate SixPlate Six (Fleshban 003 2001)
The Pocket GodsThe New Revelnation (Nub Country Records 2014)
David PramikUnder The Influence (Heavy Rotation 2012)
Pribata IdahoWarsaw (El Colectivo Karma 011 1998)
P J ProbyLove Will Tear Us Apart (Savoy PJS2 1985)
The Savoy Sessions (Savoy SA2 1985)
(both Savoy releases include live and studio versions)
Heroes (Pulsar 4 1998)
Projekt OrtsschildAndere Welten (own release 2007)
Prozak For LoversProzak For Lovers (Artificial Records 2001)
Radioactive KidsRadioactive Kids (Rude Runner RRR-015 2014)
RadioshowKronikos #2 (Intervid IVCD-124 2005)
The Real BangLove Will Tear Us Apart (ZYX 1995 - several mixes)
Trendance Vol 1 (ZYX 55031 1995)
Hit Mix 96 (ZYX 81065 1996)
RevereRecorded in 2011 but not released commercially
RockokoAll That Folk (Moonkey Music 2013)
Saint SaviourLove Will Tear Us Apart (Bang The Box BTBOX1S 2008)
SchulzWhat Apology (Sudden Death 63 2006)
The SexbotsTrust Games (own release 2014)
The ShanesLove Will Tear Us Apart (Strange Ways WAY 54 1993)
Polka Hard (Strange Ways WAY 55 1993)
Polka 4 U: 1993-1998 (Eigenverlag 1999)
Polka Over Serbja (Sumo Rex / Broken Silence 2007)
ssSHEENSssStrapping Stallions (Soulseller 2014)
Frank SidebottomFrank Sidebottom's Indie Medley (flexidisc 1987)
Frank Sidebottom's ABC&D (Cherry Red 143 1997)
Los Siete DelfinesDudosa Estrella (own release 1999)
Silo String QuartetTribute to New Order and Joy Division (Vitamin 8451 2003)
The Gothic Wedding Collection (Vitamin 1296 2008)
Slide and HealeyDub Will Tear Us Apart (12" white label 2004)
Simple MindsDancing Barefoot (Eagle EAGEP198 2001)
Neon Lights (Eagle / Red Ink 55944 2001)
(this was a bonus track on some releases only)
The Sky
  About To Rain
Scars (own release 2008)
The SnooksGreatest Hits (Groove Stew 2016)
Son of the
  Velvet Rat
By My Side (Starfish 68202 2004)
Soul AsylumNo Fun Intended (own release 2013)
SquarepusherDo You Know Squarepusher? (Warp 97 2002)
Also available on various multi-artist compilation albums
Stanton-MirandaA Means To An End (Virgin 40660-2 / Hut 29 1995)
She's Lost Control (Virgin/Hut 61 1995)
Stereo SeasonRoam (Don't Tell Bob 2016)
Still SunriseAvailable on a number of multi-artist compilation albums
(this version appears under several different artists' names)
The Stompcrash3.5 Decades: A Joy Division Italian Tribute (Darkitalia dar001 2014)
The SubterraneansOrly Flight (The Electric Label 2010)
Susanna and the
 Magical Orchestra
Love Will Tear Us Apart (Rune Grammofon RCDS106 2006)
Melody Mountain (Rune Grammofon RCD2057 2006)
SwansLove Will Tear Us Apart (Product Inc PROD23 1988)
(this comes in a number of 7", 12" and CD versions)
Love Will Tear Us Apart (Caroline CAROL 1454 1988)
Various Failures 1988-1992 (Young God YG06 1999)
Forever Burned (Young God limited edition 2003)
A Mystery Of Faith: Unreleased Pieces (Atavistic 155 2005)
Also available on various multi-artist compilation albums
Swinging EruditesPretentious Crapola (One Dimensional ODR-66666 1988)
June TaborPerformed on the cover versions by Oysterband (see above)
The Tea PartyAvailable on various bootlegs of live performances
10,000 ManiacsCover Me (County Coroner - 7" live bootleg)
Tiger BabyNoise Around Me (Souvenir 2006 - US bonus track)
Trance to the SunCeremonial (Mere Mortal MMP-1 1995)
All The Covers: 1995-2001 (Projekt ARC00039 2011)
TraindevilleShadows and Lights (own release 2015)
Troppi Trippi IncVol 1: Ofbeat (Plastic 13 2000)
Trouble FaitRecorded in 2010 but not released commercially
U2Available on various bootlegs of live performances
Performed live in November 2005 with Arcade Fire
Excerpts sometimes inserted into With Or Without You
UnbrokenUnbroken/Abhinanda 7" (Trust No One Trustno6)
It's Getting Tougher to Say the Right Things (Indecision 24 2000)
UnwomanLemniscate (Unmediated Productions 2013)
V/VmLove Will Tear Us Apart (V/Vm VVMT21 2001)
Vital FireOld School Indie Summer (Shattered Eardrum 2014)
Willie OrganGirl Friend (3D FYCT-1004 2005)
Sarah WilsonTrapeze Project (Brass Tonic 2010)
WindmillFit (Melodic 2007 - iTunes digital edition)
WonderlickWonderlick (Future Farmer 6919 2002)
Ashleigh WoodLove Will Tear Us Apart (Gas Records 2016)
WoodlawnSave My Soul (Triton 45194 2001)
Hawksley WorkmanAnger As Beauty (CD single - Universal 2003)
We Will Still Need A Song (CD single - Universal 2004)
World Wide SpiesImages Of Black And White (own release 2007)
Worm Is GreenAutomagic (Arena Rock 41 2004)
Heart & Soul (own release MP3 single 2006)
WundergraftWarszawa: Tribute To Joy Division (Kuka KR001CD 2007)
XFXLove Will Tear Us Apart (Tune Beat TB010 2012)
Yat-KhaRe-Covers (Yat-Kha YAT004 2005)
Paul YoungNo Parlez (Columbia BFC 38976 1983)
Don't Dream It's Over (Columbia 657411 1991)
Best Ballads (Sony 478312 1995, re-released as Love Songs)
Super Hits (Columbia 65634 1998)
Love Will Tear Us Apart (Columbia 505450 2001)
The Essential Paul Young (Sony 512299 2003)
Also available on various multi-artist compilation albums
ZambalLove Will Tear Us Apart (DistroKid.com 2013)
Zero:OneRising Darkness (own release 2005)

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